Abstract

A multiplexing method based on narrow diode-laser arrays (DLAs) in an axially symmetric configuration is described. The use of submillimeter narrow DLAs improves beam quality considerably in the slow-axis direction compared with typical 1-cm-wide DLAs. The axially symmetric geometry is advantageous for efficient spatial, wavelength, and polarization multiplexing. With narrow DLAs and an axially symmetric geometry, a small circular focus with more than 10-kW/mm2 average power density is possible. Theoretical calculations and preliminary experimental results are presented.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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